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Xenophon Pierce WILFLEY

Senate Years of Service: 1918-1918Party: DemocratWILFLEY, Xenophon Pierce, a Senator from Missouri; born near Mexico, Audrain County, Mo., March 18, 1871; attended the country schools; graduate…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce CLERGYMANCLOCKCLIO -n. One of the nine Muses. Clio's function was to preside over history - which she did with great dignity, many of the prominent citizens of Athens occu…

Anthia

The lady-love of Abrocomas in Xenophon's romance, called Ephesiaca. Shakespeare has borrowed from this Greek novel the leading incidents of his Romeo and Juliet , especially that of the pot…

Attic Muse

(The). Xenophon, the historian, a native of Athens; so called because the style of his composition is a model of elegance. (B.C. 444–359.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E.…

Hercules' Choice

Immortality the reward of toil in preference to pleasure. Xenophon tells us when Hercules was a youth he was accosted by two women—Virtue and Pleasure—and asked to choose betwee…

Bee

The Athenian Bee. Plato. (See Athenian Bee , page 72, col. 1.) It is said that when Plato was in his cradle, a swarm of bees alighted on his mouth. The story is good enough for poets and or…

Philosophers

The Seven Sages or Wise Men of Greece. Thale, Solon, Chilon, Pittacos, Bias, Cleobulos, Periander; to which add Sosiade, Anacharsis the Scythian, Myson the Spartan, Epimenide the Cretan; an…

Romeo and Juliet

(Shakespeare). The story is taken from a poetical version by Arthur Brooke of Boisteau's novel, called Rhomeo and Julietta. Boisteau borrowed the main incidents from a story by Luigi da Por…

Equestrian

First Olympic Appearance: 1900 by John Gettings and Mark Zurlo Did You Know? Just like people, horses need a valid passport to travel internationally. Related Li…

Venus

Love; the goddess of love; courtship. Copper was called Venus by the alchemists. (See Aphrodite) “Venus smiles not in a house of tears.” Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, iv.l. Ven…